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Opera singer Louis Roney to be inducted into Florida Artists Hall of Fame

January 11, 2012  Former Distinguished Professor of Music Louis Roney will be inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame. He joins such legendary artists as Ray Charles, Ernest Hemingway and Zora Neale Hurston. Roney was football captain at Winter Park High School and honor graduate of Harvard University before serving four years...

Rupert to perform at Midwest Clinic

November 22, 2011  Jeff Rupert has been invited to perform at the Midwest Clinic, an international band and orchestra conference, on December 15 in Chicago. Performing with the Downers Grove South High School Jazz Band, Rupert will be a featured soloist along with Rowan University’s Dennis DiBlasio. Both Rupert and DiBlasio toured with...

Percussion students join NYC music festival

October 28, 2011  On the longest day of the year, public spaces across the five buroughs of New York City erupt with sound during the Make Music New York festival—and UCF’s percussionists were there to join in on the celebration. The festival is an innovative approach to making music—it’s a free celebration of...

Students take behind-the-scenes lead in Pajama Game

October 28, 2011  The University of Central Florida’s production of The Pajama Game won’t just be a showcase for actors. The classic musical also will be a creative channel for fine arts students who are taking the lead on many of the behind-the-scenes elements, from the costumes and choreography to the set design...

Theatre UCF Alumnus Michael Marinaccio Appointed Producer of Orlando Fringe Festival

October 28, 2011  Michael Marinaccio, who received his B.F.A.–Acting in 1998 from the University of Central Florida, has been hired as the producer for the Orlando Fringe Festival. Michael has contributed greatly to the Central Florida theatre community since his days at the university, working on and off stage with local theatres including...

Donny Allen featured by UCF Today

August 31, 2011  It was the “BRPPBBBB” sound that blasts from a trumpet—“so appealing to a 5th grader”— that got Donny Allen hooked on music. Today, as the director of the Marching Knights and the Jammin’ Knights, it is music’s power to inspire and connect that keeps him playing his passionate tune. “94%...

Music faculty join 9-11 memorial concert

August 15, 2011  On Sunday evening, September 11, UCF Music faculty members Kimberly Saunders Randall and Thomas Potter will be featured soloists in a special concert to remember and honor those who perished on “9-11” ten years ago. This First United Methodist Church of Orlando Chancel Choir and orchestra concert, entitled “We Remember...

UCF Music grad organizes Accidental Music Festival

July 27, 2011  Recent Music M.A. graduate Chris Belt has organized a contemporary music festival in downtown Orlando. The Accidental Music Festival will take place September 4-13, featuring ten days of concerts, public discussions with composers, open rehearsals, and a workshop for middle school and high school composers. Several UCF faculty members and...

Reedy and Potter in Orlando Arts Magazine

July 08, 2011  Robert Reedy and Thomas Potter are featured in the July/August 2011 edition of Orlando Arts Magazine. The latest issue profiles Reedy as a fine artist and a teacher and spotlights Potter’s professional career as well as the local outreach events he organizes through the UCF Opera program. Orlando Arts Magazine,...

UCF Theatre grad joins The Second City

June 30, 2011  David Knoell, who received his M.F.A. in Acting in 2006 from the University of Central Florida, has been accepted to the Directing Program at The Second City, the leading improv-based sketch comedy company. The competitive program is a year-long intensive program that will have Knoell teaching classes, working as the...

Hunting the Basilisk a Success for John Shafer

June 14, 2011  John Shafer’s play Hunting the Basilisk is currently being performed by the Looking for Lilith Theatre Company at The Rudyard Kipling in Louisville, KY. The play was first introduced at UCF as part of Women’s History Month. The UCF Women’s Studies and Theatre departments were sponsors and UCF students originated...

Knight Winds and García-Velázquez to perform at National Flute Association convention

May 04, 2011  The Knight Winds ensemble and Nora Lee García-Velázquez have been invited to perform at The National Flute Association Annual Convention in Charlotte, NC. The Knight Winds will perform in the evening on Saturday, August 13, while García-Velázquez will perform the following afternoon. Find out more about the Flute Studio at...

Ayako Yonetani to be Featured Soloist in Slovakia

April 27, 2011  Ayako Yonetani will be a featured soloist for the Beethoven concerto in two concerts during the Kosice Spring Music Festival in May in Slovakia. Yonetani has a concert in Spisska Nova Ves on May 17th, and Humenne on May 18th. This will be the orchestra’s 50 year anniversary season. For...

Sarah Purser wins 2011 Orlando Idol

February 23, 2011  Sarah Purser is the winner of Florida Opera Theatre’s 2011 Orlando Idol Voice Competition. Purser, 28, is currently a candidate for her Master’s Degree in Music, Vocal Performance and Conducting at UCF. She also is a songwriter and plays guitar in venues around Orlando. Jose Fajardo, President and CEO for...

Potter to Perform in Vero Beach Opera

February 14, 2011  Baritone Thomas Potter will sing the two roles of Dr. Bartolo and Antonio in a fully staged production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera The Marriage of Figaro on Sunday, March 20. The performance will take place in the Vero Beach High School Performing Arts Center. Tickets available through calling 772-564-5537....

UCF Theatre Student “Best Performer in the World”

December 01, 2010  Rebecca Galarza, a junior and Musical Theatre major at the University of Central Florida, was recently chosen as the Best Female Performer in the World by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions during its Brass Ring Awards. The IAAPA Brass Ring conference and award ceremony, held Nov. 17...

Flute Students Perform Well in Recent Competitions

November 30, 2010  Adriane Hill won the concerto competition 2010 Sophomore Stephanie Hoeckley – Finalist Florida Young Artist Junior Kate Nichols Alternate Florida Young Artist Sophomore

John Almeida to present at 64th annual "Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic"

November 04, 2010  John Almeida has been invited to present a clinic at the 64th Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, IL. The event will take place Dec. 15–18, 2010. Mr. Almeida’s clinic is entitled “Sound Ideas on Playing the Trumpet” and will be presented on Friday morning Dec. 17. The clinic...

Rebecca Galarza Selected as Finalist for IAAPA Brass Ring Awards

November 01, 2010  Congratulations to Rebecca Galarza for becoming a finalist for the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Brass Ring Awards – Best Female Performer of the Year! The IAAPA Membership is composed of every Amusement Park, Waterpark, zoo, or public attraction in the world. Brass Ring Awards deliver recognition to...

Potter joins Orlando Philharmonic for "Home for the Holidays"

October 25, 2010  UCF Opera Director and baritone Thomas Potter will perform as soloist with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra for its “Home for the Holidays” concert—two performances at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center on Saturday, November 27. Highlights will include “O Holy Night”, “Panis Angelicus”, and “White Christmas”. For more information, please...